‘Hangover 2′ Replaces Liam Neeson With Nick Cassavetes

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:22 pm,

Not long after The Hangover Part II began production, rumors surfaced that Mel Gibson would be making a brief appearance in the film as a tattoo artist. The first Hangover had set a precedent for controversial celebrity cameos by working Mike Tyson into the storyline and Gibson’s involvement with the sequel implied that not only were the filmmakers aware of the troubled actor’s reputation – they were probably intending to capitalize on it.

However, as Gibson’s bad press reached a fever pitch, director Todd Phillips ultimately decided to replace him with a more affable star. Liam Neeson agreed to take over the role and was quickly dispatched to the set for a quick one day shoot. Evidently, the infamous tattoo parlor scene in The Hangover Part II has since undergone yet another alteration.

During the editing process, Phillips decided to cut the scene that immediately followed Neeson’s cameo – which meant that certain plot points that were relayed in that scene now had to be divulged in the tattoo parlor instead. Unfortunately, Neeson’s commitment to Wrath of the Titans made him unavailable for any additional shooting.

According to Variety, Phillips asked filmmaker Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Gotti: Three Generations) to step in and help reshoot that segment of the movie. In addition to his work behind the camera, Cassavetes has appeared in numerous films and television shows including Face/Off, Entourage, and Quantum Leap.

Of course, Cassavetes isn’t anywhere near as recognizable to a general audience as Neeson – which certainly changes the nature of the cameo. I suppose there’s still a possible appearance by Bill Clinton to look forward to, though.

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For me, Tyson’s cameo worked because he was simply playing himself – and that was essentially the entire joke. Dropping other celebrities into The Hangover Part II just for the sake of having them there didn’t seem like it would be as effective. I’m not saying Neeson wouldn’t have been great in the film, but I think the audience is far less likely to be taken out of the story when Cassavetes appears on screen.

In my opinion, the film has more substantial hurdles to overcome – namely that first full-length trailer which strongly suggested that The Hangover Part II will essentially mimic the original film beat for beat. I realize that it’s probably impossible to showcase the majority of the film’s raunchy humor, but I really was hoping for something more creative plot-wise. Still, it seems that most are ready to forgive the blatant cut & paste job as long as the film delivers plenty of laughs.

I loved the original film, so I’m going to force myself to remain optimistic that they’re simply holding back on all of the surprises that The Hangover Part II has in store for us. We’ll find out if that’s the case when the film hits theaters on May 26th.

Source: Variety

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  1. Better reason to get the DVD when it’s released, nice deleted scenes

  2. wtf…o common !!!

  3. Should have got Amy Winehouse to do the part instead.. LOL

    • Nice… Ill give you credit on that one…

  4. this movie repeats the EXACT SAME STORY OF THE 1ST ONE, the only reason i would even consider getting it on dvd is for the comedy which is pretty much predictable b/c alan is the only funny char in the movie.

  5. It’s already been said that Bill Clinton is not in the movie, and about Cassavetes, it seems that that role made for someone with a big name, like that’s the joke. So by giving the role to someone with whom many aren’t familiar with so that kills the joke.

  6. what? Mel gibson is my idol. crap man now i GOTTA see The Beaver oh well..

  7. I mean did you expect them to tell that much of a different story in the sequel

    • they’re treading over old ground, we know how it will end and the only difference are the events that take place whilst they where wasted which will no doubt include things from the 1st one.

  8. Huh, not as interested anymore.

  9. Sometimes it feels like over here that people just don’t want to be optimistic.

    I am looking forward to Hangover 2.

  10. It feels as if they are trying to fix all mistakes in the film like they are not doing right and they dont know how to fix them lol.

    • The only mistake I see is that is a complete REHASH of the first one..rewrite, reshoot the whole damn movie.

  11. The first film was average at best I still don’t get all the hype and love it got this will be a dvd rental for me if I see it at all now neesons not in it